King Charles III has recently addressed the public for the first time since his cancer diagnosis was revealed. In a heartfelt letter released on Feb. 10, five days after Buckingham Palace confirmed his condition, the 75-year-old monarch expressed gratitude for the support and good wishes he received. The King’s message, shared on the Royal family’s Instagram along with a 2023 photo of him greeting supporters, emphasized the comfort such kindness brings to those affected by cancer. He also noted how his diagnosis has raised awareness about cancer and the organizations supporting patients and families in the UK and worldwide.
Signed “Charles R” (with “R” standing for “Rex,” the Latin for king), the letter reflects his personal experience and admiration for the dedication of healthcare professionals. This statement comes after King Charles, who ascended the throne in 2022 following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, was hospitalized for a benign prostate enlargement procedure. During this procedure, a separate cancer concern was identified, leading to the commencement of regular treatments and a recommendation to reduce public duties.
Before his current stay at Sandringham, Charles and Queen Camilla had attended a church service at their country estate. His recent hospital visit was followed by a brief meeting with his son Prince Harry, who had flown in from California. Harry, residing in the U.S. with his wife Meghan Markle and their children, later returned to attend the 2024 NFL Honors event in Las Vegas.
Amid these developments, Prince William, the King’s eldest son and heir, expressed gratitude for the public’s support for both his father and his wife, Kate Middleton, who is recuperating from abdominal surgery. William shared his appreciation during the London’s Air Ambulance Charity Gala Dinner on Dec. 7. The following day, Camilla updated the public on Charles’s wellbeing at a charity concert, indicating he was doing well and appreciative of the public’s messages.
The royal family has been navigating these health challenges while continuing their duties. Prince William adjusted his schedule to support his family, including his three children, amid Kate’s recovery. Buckingham Palace confirmed that Charles’s condition is benign and his treatments will allow him to continue state business and official paperwork. The Palace remains optimistic about the King’s treatment and his eventual return to full public duties.